“Eleanor Roosevelt understood that every one of us every day has choices to make about the kind of person we are and what we wish to become. You can decide to be someone who brings people together, or you can fall prey to those who wish to divide us. You can be someone who educates yourself, or you can believe that being negative is clever and being cynical is fashionable. You have a choice.” -Secretary Of State Hillary R. Clinton
Hillary Clinton is really a pioneer for out times. She has blazed trails for women and broke glass ceilings by being the most heavily voted for woman in the primaries of any presidential election. Now, she serves the country further by taking up the position if Secretary of State in the Obama administration. She makes a clear point in this quotation by citing one of the greatest humanitarians and first ladies of all time, Eleanor Roosevelt. Clinton cites Roosevelt in hopes of shedding light on who we are as people, that the decision is in our hands.
As young women, it is important for us to make a distinction between good and bad character traits, in other people as well as in ourselves. Secretary of State Clinton says that we choose be someone who educates ourselves, or just looks at the negative things about a situation and takes a cynical route. It is usually easier to be negative, just dismissing something, but learning through the hard things in life will only benefit you and the people around you. Also, I think her words are really applicable in time like today, when the country is divided in opinions on issues. She says that you can decide to bring people together or divide the,, so be that person who unties those around you! Remember her inspiring words: educate yourself instead of being ignorant, and unify people instead of diving them!